Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Late Night on Sunday Morning

This weekend, we had our World Passion Update, which is our annual missions update. This year, just like last year, they chose to do a talk show theme, but this year, they actually had a Technical Director, yours truly, to help create the environment, and that was a ton of fun!

I was able to work with Randall Wright, who is the design director of the Dallas Children's Theater, who on a limited budget took the late night concept and worked some serious magic. We built some additional, much needed platforms for the stage for the band, and used an opaque blue scrim like curtain to surround the stage. Behind the stage on the desk side was a city backdrop. We also used IMAG so I had the opportunity to get some additional stage lighting, Altman 2ks, and the light that these instruments put out is beautiful. It was the first time I was able to light for video, and it turned out really great! I was pretty stoked. This was also the first time that this fellowship had really used IMAG. We rented a two camera video fly pack from Showtech, and they just have great gear. Our friend Ben Cating from Acoustic Dimensions was the video director. It looks great up on the screens. I can wait to see the footage that we captured.

The rehearsal went pretty well, only a couple of technical issues, but by Sunday morning, everything was ready to go. We had an amazing band, made up of a combination of our Sunday morning guys, and then a couple of hired guns. The sax player, Dave Monsch, was amazing. My friend James Putnam was on bass, and a Cuban named Julian was on Hammond organ and synth. Aaron Hass was on drums. It sounded amazing. The band was so tight, and it is a blast when you have great players with great tone. You can push the decibel levels even more, and the mix was so warm and inviting. The audience ate it up, and haven't stopped talking about it since. I will hopefully have some video up soon of the event.

So now we are on to Northwest Worship Live. We will be doing a live worship recording September 21st, and I am excited about that night. My wife will be on it with two of the songs she has written. All in all, there will be 12 songs on the record, and we are doing an additional 6 "unplugged" songs that evening that we are giving away that night to people who preorder the CD. We will be renting movers for the show, which will be the first time I have been able to use those in this space. I am excited to see how it all comes together.
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